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years ago. 29% of riders rated it poor or fair. the areas they want to improve is overcrowding. the latest on the scene of the tragic oakland fire as we talk with an alameda county sheriff's deputy. and napa county takes a new approach on homelessness. >> they need to be housed. and they need social workers that will come in and do their jobs. plus, the top ten viral videos of the year. ♪ i have a pen ♪ i have an apple ♪ ♪ ♪ apple pen ♪ i watched that apple pen pineapple thing this morning. i didn't understand it. but it was a welcome moment of levity. i think this has been a heavy week. i that the i'm going to give myself two minutes to watch this funny video. i felt better. we have been covering this terrible fire. you went there on monday and
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took approximate pictures that night. it appears that we are entering a new stage in the investigation. the death toll stands at 36 right now. there is a major development to bring you this morning in the search and recovery happening at the site of that oakland warehouse fire. >> yeah. we reported at the top of the 8:00 hour that the search is now complete. >> ktvu's allie rasmus is live at the command center with an ex -- the end of a long and exhausting search. >> reporter: that's because 100% of the warehouse has been searched. 36 victims were found inside. 36 victims is the confirmed total. the investigation continues in the cause of the fire. and any possible criminal charges that could stem from it. oakland police spokesman watson says the focus shifts to logistics. the plan is to open up the streets surrounding 3rd surround -- surrounding 31st and international that have been closed. >> the investigation continues.
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the investigation does not stop. we're just switching the logistics and we're shrinking down the area so that we can minimize the impact to the businesses and to the residents. >> reporter: now, in the meantime we spoke with oakland city councilman. he said because of the tragedy, there will be more aggressive enforcement of building and fire code violations in the city of oakland moving forward. the city has only two fire marshalls and they couldn't get a firm answer on how many building inspectors there are. >> i was not told yesterday when we asked. and the city council public works committee. >> public works managers couldn't tell you how many people they have. >> i cannot answer the number because i don't manage the department. right now my e-mail is full of complaints from apartment complexes to warehouses and so forth of people that are now coming forth and reporting activity that is questionable. >> because of what they have seen, what happened with this
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fire. >> because of the experience here. and sadly enough sometimes for us it takes a tragedy for us to take ownership where we live. >> reporter: now, you just heard him say in light of this devastating fire, neighbors and residents have appeared to become more proactive over the past week, alerting city officials when they believe they or their neighbors are living in unsafe conditions. now, he says adding more building and fire inspectors will likely cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. they're waiting to find out how they go about allocating that money and putting more people in charge of inspections going forward. back to you guys. >> thank you, allie. the names of nine more victims were released late last night. johnny igaz of oakland. ara jo of oakland and amanda kershaw from san francisco. >> two of the newly named victims had connections to cal. 23-year-old griffin madden was an alum of the school while 21-
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year-old vanessa plotkin was a student. >> another person identified was 22-year-old alex vega. he had gone to the party last friday night with his girlfriend, mikaela gregory. she also died. her name was released earlier this week. >> here are the other names that were released last night. billy dixon of oakland. 32-year-old hanna ruax of finland. and 29-year-old nicole siegrist of oakland. >> joining us now is the alameda county sheriff's spokesperson to tell us more. you have been at the site almost around the clock since friday night. investigators are now saying that they do not expect to find any more bodies in the wreckage and the death toll stands at 36. can you talk to us about that and the fact that they are focusing in on a refrigerator that may have been the cause. >> the first part of your question is yeah, we're hopeful that it stands at 36. until that building is 100% clear, we won't know that for certain. but we will stay there until
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it's completely done. and the second part of your question, the atf is -- is setting that origin portion of the fire and we will see what happens. >> yesterday the sheriff said something that was heart breaking. that they found some victims in the same area. one person tried to huddle another person. those kind of details that are coming out are heart breaking. i imagine it has an effect on the people from your office in there doing the search. >> sure it does. that is true. i spoke to the investigators who were working that case. they said absolutely they felt that the male was shielding the female from harm's way. and, yeah, those things, they stick with you. and we all keep those things in our brain forever. i have things from the loma earthquake and the oakland hill fire. they don't ever go away. now we have a new generation that will have those same types of things. >> as reporters we cover a number of stories. personally i take them home and
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don't talk about it. i don't get it out with my wife or my siblings just talking to them on the phone. do you know if any of your deputies have requested to leave the scene or requested help from counselors because what was they have been going through. >> i haven't heard any of that. i'm sure we will do a debrief when this is all said and done. that is the protocol how they do it nowadays which is better than years past. >> we saw video as we have been talking to you of some of the building being knocked down. can we talk about what will be done to the rest of the building? will it be completely torn down? have you heard anything out not the site. >> i haven't heard anything. that is a question for the city of oakland. i don't know what they will do with the building. initially we will have to board it up. but, you know, going forward, i don't know. >> overall you said while we were in commercial you're pleased with the city of oakland and folks outside living in the bay area, coming together and stepping up. >> yeah. people really stepped their game up. >> in what way.
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>> you know, just coming by and, you know, offering help, offering, you know, encouragement. you know, the wendy's there at fruitvale stayed open even though they were not allowed to have customers. they stayed open for the first responders. they deserve a lot of credit. the owner lost a money to feed first responders. >> as we're getting the names and the stories behind the 36 people who died there, one body is whyet to be identified. there is one family who is concerned, upset and wondering. you think you will be able to positively identify them but it may take time. >> yeah. we will have to use scientific method, dental or dna. >> you and mentioned -- one more quick question. we talked about the identification of these family members. and sometimes it is a certain wedding ring, identifying tattoo. i mentioned about what if they
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are carrying their driver's license. i'm thinking if i had a 17-year- old kid, i would make sure they had it with them at all times. it is not something what we think about when we go out. >> true. we have learned over the years that people don't carry ids any more. and sometimes the id that you're carrying is not your own. we want to make sure that we don't mit identify people based on a id that you're carrying. >> as part of law enforcement, where do we go from here? the city in charge of fire -- the fire marshall. does the county and your office in general have any responsibility to help make sure that this doesn't happen again? any and all? >> well, our function in this is sheriff coroner. so we're -- we're strictly just here for the coroner and the recovery of the bodies. the issues going forward, you know, i'm sure that will be a national conversation quite honestly. >> it almost is already. >> because of, you know, the circumstances that happened. >> right. >> more to come on that.
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>> i lost my train of thought there. i forgot my question. >> it's almost too much to talk about. we're waiting for later this morning i believe a restaurant owner saying i think the building next to me might be having illegal danger. you said while the alameda sheriff's department may not be directly involved in that, there is a call to all citizens in oakland, if you see something that may not be right. don't just complain about it and keep walking down the street. take a picture and send it to the city. >> i think it will hand not only in oakland but cities across america. we don't want another tragedy like this to happen. that's the bottom line. nobody wants this to happen again. there are people who will come forward and say, hey, i think something is going on here. and please do something about it. >> because we learned at the top of the 8:00 hour that the search is completed. my question was are you guys done? the alameda county sheriff's
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office, will you have anyone there. >> we will demobilize our coroner's bureau as soon as the building has been completely searched. we probably will still have a presence down there because we have our oes to help, you know, fire and atf if they need resources. we provided lighting and a lot of other resources down there. >> okay. >> if they need us down there to stay, we will stay for that portion it was. >> jd nelson. >> thank you. >> thank you so much for your work throughout the weekend and joining us here this morning. >> thanks for having me. coming up, our coverage of the warehouse fire continues throughout the 9. we will tell you what the lead singer of green day said about the warehouses like the ghost ship and how it influenced the musician that he is today. and other place that's people consider dangerous around the city of oakland. donald trump is time magazine's person of the year. the reason behind the selection and some of your responses to the choice.
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>> now to the question, should police be able to shoot at a moving car. >> that is a debate. there is a meeting today to address the issue. >> janine de la vega joins us live. janine, i understand that you just spoke to the police commission president. what does she have to say. >> sal, she says this is about smart policing. many other major agencies have a policy that officers can shoot at moving vehicles. she says an ad against the policy is very misleading. >> a four ton truck begins plowing into the crowd. the police rush to halt the driver but are prohibited by policy to draw their weapons. >> that ad was recently released by the san francisco police officers association. it shows a traumatization of a scene where a vehicle heads into a crowd and says many will die or be injured if a police officer is not allowed to shoot
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at vehicles. but the police commission president says the ad preys on people's fears. under the proposal an officer would be justified in shooting if their life or the lives of others were in immediate danger. these proposed changes were developed following the controversial fatal shooting of woods by police officers one year ago. it sparked a lot of public outrage. the reform policy has been stuck in negotiations for months and has to be passed by the union and department of human resources before implemented. today the commission will get an update on the city where the negotiations stand and if an arbitrator needs to be brought in. it will be interesting to see if that happens because that could delay things and that's not what the commission wants. >> thank you, janine. now we will turn to the bay area weather. yes, it is cold and rain is on the way. steve paulson has details. >> rain is on the way for this evening. if not sooner for some.
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the key is the freezing rain level late tonight and tomorrow morning. parts of mendocino county and lake county and the higher elevations. we have gone from clear and cold to cloudy and cold. we are warming up a little bit. that is not reaching the ground but it is on the way. there is very -- well, deep pacific moisture, if you will. the weather advisories are out. the low snow levels for really today. by tomorrow, they will go way up. 5,000 and above. 7,000 feet. these temperatures are stuck. can you warm up unless there's a strong south wind. 30s and 40s. even on the coast. around lake tahoe, teens and 20s. the key will be tonight when the freezing rain is certainly possible. by tomorrow afternoon, it will all be rain above the higher elevations above 7,000 it will be snow. in mendocino county and lake county, it looks close there. highway 29 could be dicey this afternoon and tonight. it is mainly later this
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afternoon and tonight. santa cruz mountains could be looking for decent rain as well by the time we get to thursday and friday. 30s and 40s. it was 29 in fairfield this morning. but the moisture is coming up from the hawaiian islands. it is very warm. so our temperatures and snow levels will go up tomorrow. not today. take your pick. good rain for just about everybody. there is signs of rain going all the way to next week and maybe just before christmas as well. 40s and 50s on the highs. 44, 45 santa rosa and nap a cloudy with rain. it will be warmer. that's the good news. next system, sunday night. >> thank you, steve. >> you're welcome. earlier on mornings on 2 we brought you california senator barbara boxer giving her farewell speech on the floor of the u.s. senate. she got choked up towards the end. >> all i wanted to do, make life beautiful for people. i didn't always succeed. i didn't always prevail. i felt the pain of losing many
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times. but i can honestly say i never stopped trying. i was able to do it because of the love, understanding and support of my husband of 55 years, stewart, who is here today. >> senator boxer served ten years in the house and 24 years in the senate. california attorney general kamal harris was elected to fill the senate seat. now to the latest on donald trump's preparations to take over the white house. we have learned in the past minute he has chosen john kelly to head up the department of homeland security. this according to people close to the presidential transition. this news comes as mr. trump continues his thank you tour with a tour in north carolina yesterday. there he introduced his choice for secretary of defense, general james mattis. and said he plans to make more nominations to his cabinet in the coming days. >> we have some great, great people going to be named over the next couple of days. >> the president-elect met with
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another stream of visitors yesterday. including former secretary of state henry kissinger and exxonmobil ceo who is the latest to be floated as the possible pick for secretary of state. this morning trump was named time magazine's person of the year. here is the cover. time magazine's editor says they choose a person who had the most influence on events for better and worse. she says it is hard to argue that anyone had more influence over the events of this year. this is the 90th year that time magazine has named a person of the year. hillary clinton was the number two pick. our question today throughout mornings on 2 has been, do you agree with time magazine's selection of donald trump as person of the year? tme65 writes yes, choosing anyone else would have been silly. >> another twitter user writes in of course he is person of the year. around the world. he is putting our nation back on track. >> finally joey tweeted me even though i don't like it, i agree with it. he was the most talked about person by far.
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>> and another one chimed in mr. g saying i think there were far better choices out there for this particular honor. >> a lot of responses. both ways. we will keep checking your thoughts throughout the day and save it for -- and we will share it with you later on. finding solutions to homelessness. one city is using a whole person approach to the problem.
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>> today is the 75th anniversary of the bombing on pearl harbor. it ended with severe damage to the u.s. pacific fleet. most of the battle ships were repaired and put back into service. but the uss arizona remains as an underwater memorial to the 2400 american who's died there. there are official ceremonies at the memorial today. >> there are parts of the whole
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thing that i don't want to talk about it. if i do talk about it, i cannot sleep. >> this evening, four of the five remaining survivors from the attack will gag tore remember their shipmates who died that day as well as since then. many say this is probably the last time that they will be able to make the trip to hawaii. today ktvu joins many bay area organizations for the sf homeless project, an ongoing initiative to shine a spotlight on the homeless problem in the region. it will focus on possible solutions and what is working. >> napa is known for its wine and tourism. many don't know it has a growing homeless problem. >> as ktvu reports, there's a new strategy to change that called the whole person approach. >> there goes edward. >> reporter: becky stays at the palm. that's not a destination in
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downtown napa. wn napa. although she is steps from the wine trails and on a busy street. her palm is the tree she sleeps under. >> i got us a pillow. we have five blankets. and we stay under the tree because it keeps the rain off of us. >> reporter: becky admits she drinks. it is a problem staying at the shelter. she wants her own place. qualifies for aid and has money saved but needs help making it happen. >> and not say that, you know, we're going to help you. but you have to do this, this, this. a lot of people out here can't do this, this and this. that's why they're out here. >> reporter: let's get you on the wait list. >> committee take your name and number. >> reporter: two permanent shelters sleep about one hundred people. a temporary winter shelter holds 55 more.
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napa's homeless with no freeway or mass transit are mostly people raised here. >> when people say they need to go someplace, where would they go? they only know napa. this is their home. >> orange juice or water. >> reporter: now napa with the patch work of services is launching a new effort boosted by a state grant over five years. >> really people just need housing as that platform so they can take care of all of the other things. >> reporter: the idea is outreach, to get people into housing. and then work on their addictions, mental illness or health issues. figuring out what each person needs, the whole person. >> the whole country is now looking to these pilot communities that are launching whole person care to see what happen snooze napa is not the only county. california is not the only state to develop this whole person approach. in places where it is already done, they're finding nine out of ten chronically homeless people that go into housing are
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still there five years later. of course the bay area has its own challenges. limited housing stock and sky high prices. >> there's nothing out there, and they want your income to be three times the amount of rent. >> reporter: she and her boyfriend just bought this van. >> we took those two seats out. >> reporter: and are living in it after losing their long-time duplex. >> i had the place for two years. nothing that we did. but somebody else bought the house. so we had to move out. >> reporter: that property is being renovated for rent or sale. iva is priced out. only her vehicle keeping her off the street. >> it is so cold and so much work. you have to go from place to place. >> reporter: the whole person strategy also depends on landlords. sweetening their deal so they will take a chance on someone so needy. they will have a case worker to call and funds seta side. >> so there's money to be able to fix the unit should
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something happen. >> reporter: reducing a landlord's risk and rooted in the belief that people change. >> helping us shake the idea that people are so flawed that they can't get out of where they are. there are things that bring us all to where we are in life. >> all right. all taken care of. thanks so much. >> reporter: jenna is testament to a personal approach. hooked on heroin, in and out of jail, eight tries in rehab. now clean for three years and active in homeless issues. >> i have a long record. someone still took a chance on me. i'm forever grateful for that. >> reporter: reunited with her children, she is capable now but remembers when it was all new. >> you really don't know how to live. i didn't have any idea how to show up for work on time. >> reporter: and she is convinced that a wrap-around approach, one on one case workers will succeed. >> you're talking to a human being whose whole job is to make sure that you're healthy and have your needs met.
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it's hard to argue with that. >> reporter: rodney is another survivor of heroin and homelessness. he lived in a tent on this lot for years. housing first he says sounds good except -- >> barely any housing in napa. you have to think oust the box, you know. build something. with $11 million, i think you can build something. >> reporter: otherwise he fears the revolving shelter door won't stop. >> you can promise somebody something. if you don't -- if you don't go through with it, what is -- what happens after that? they're not going to believe anything that we say. >> this is our little trail that we go down. >> reporter: the path forward for napa and its homeless is uncharted. but everyone would agree, they can do better than a palm. >> this is how we live. >> reporter: napa, ktvu fox 2 news. >> we have been covering the homeless crisis in the bay area for years. our hope is that the sf
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homeless project initiative launched by bare area media sources will push for solutions. to see other stories about the homeless problem log on to and search homeless. our coverage continues tonight about a story about homeless students are succeeding despite the odds. coming up on mornings on 2 the 9, concern over warehouse safety in oakland following the tragic ghost ship fire. up next, the changes that people are calling for and the site that is the focus of a news conference being held in just half an hour.
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>> because of the oakland warehouse fire, we've been told that people living in illegal art communities are getting eviction notices as the landlords look at liability in wake of the ghost ship fire.
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tom has been look into this run and cover reaction that may leave dozens of people living on the streets. >> reporter: the apparently illegal artist do municipal on 28th street and magnolia is better known as, yes, the death trap. unlike yesterday, no one was talking to us today after we aired a story stating that the city of oakland says this facility is not legal for residential. throughout oakland, experts say there are many similar illegal setups but finding them, let alone inspenting them, is a task. provided that the city has enough building code and fire inspectors to find them weekdays and weekends. >> we certainly need to elevate the number of staffing for enforcing the building codes, the fire codes, planning codes. because right now the growth in oakland, there are many warehouse that's are being converted from manufacturing into housing. >> reporter: examples, this large empty warehouse is available. but neighbors tell us it was
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recently occupied by many young people who were finally evicted but only after an insurance representative found out. >> and it's one of those catch me if you can attitude. >> reporter: right next door, this building according to neighbors are or were illegal live-work setups. no one answered the door. one man visiting told me it was a series of rented work spaces with no one living in it. yet another place in the middle of the crowded square called the salt lick. the owner of everett and jones barbecue will hold a news conference, demanding that the city do something about what several people in the area tell me they believe is a work-live- rave enterprise. >> we are worried that the fire chief has dangerously underinvested in the fire marshall's office. we have been without an assistant marshall and fire
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marshall for the last five years. these are budgeted positions that the fire chief has decided not to fill. >> reporter: even though oakland has a fire marshall, an assistant is still absent with not enough inspectors to seek out and close fire traps. >> understaffed in terms of the spin techers -- inspectors. >> speaking of that news conference. we spoke with a business owner who has news for local artists. >> i would like to see, you know, safe places for artists to work and to live. i mean, that would be fantastic. and there are a lot of safe places. i think what you have right now is the rents and the cost of living in oakland have gone up like to the point of it's like manhattan or san francisco. so people are finding corners. and they're setting up shop. >> again to address these other similar warehouses out there in the city, there is a news
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conference that will begin in 30 minutes. >> we will have that on the noon newscast. now we welcome tom and the vice president of the oakland firefighters union to the 9. i'll start with you zach. do you think that if the positions had been filled what happened on friday night would have been prevented. >> you can never say for sure. but we're not inspecting all of the buildings in oakland because the fire chief is underinvested in our infrastructure in looking at all of these buildings. so had we had more people, had she invested in those positions, i hope that we would be able to look at more buildings. >> after this tragedy, will it make a difference. >> i don't know if the proper pressure will be applied to the fire chief to fill the positions. the best way to save life is prevent fires before they happen. >> tom, is there competing priorities right now and that is not one of them. >> think of the fire department. the first role is fire suppression and then there is
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emt, emergency medical stuff. then there is, you know, other issues like training and all of that and getting new people in. and somewhere down the road is fire inspection, which is one of the most important things because it is proactive. it's the way that you ever to stop doing all of the other things or at least cut that down. so i think there is going to be pressure here. and i think this will happen throughout the united states. let me make one point. a fire inspector, a chief fire inspector down in l.a. had to resign from the l.a. fire department after a two- year stint because that person after an investigation found 6800 buildings were months or years overdue for inspection in the city of los angeles. this is a myth that somehow some people are doing it better. if you don't have the people, code inspectors and fire inspectors, you're asking for trouble. >> they have to enforce. >> yeah. >> the rules of the city. >> it's one of those things
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where you have to prioritize your budget. and we understand that. nobody -- you know, the recession took care of, you know, getting rid of all kinds of inspectors of all different things. design inspectors, fire inspectors. but we have to get real on what is going on. the economy is booming. rents are going up. this will be more than less. there is no way that anyone will say other warehouses won't be confronted with the same thing. they already are. >> we already hear from people saying i think there is an illegal warehouse next door. the one down the street. are you fearing an overreporting from the public? >> i don't want to discourage anyone from reporting. if you feel there's a hazard, report it. i hope that our fire chief will dedicate the resources to actually investigating all of the reports. >> what do we look for when it comes to you have i have a funny feeling. weed out a needles phone call to. >> don't worry about the needles phone call. call and we will figure it out.
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>> the ghost ship facility, the city went there. if you're not allowed in, what is the next step? someone gets there, they want to inspect. they can't get in. what kind of power do they have to force some not to let you in to check it out. >> it is due process. it's like being a renter. you don't have to give someone access right away. but there are procedures. the procedures have to be stream lined and have to be enforced. if someone is not letting you in, there's a reason. you have to have a system that has enough people that make sure that you get in there and take a look. a lot of nefarious stuff going on in warehouses everywhere. >> what if they say no one is living there. see you later. >> they can say that. if you enforce the law by having enough inspectors, they will get in there and take a look. apparently enough people got in there to say you're doing illegal things, let's do something about it. it has to be followed by the
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non-fire department, the city going after the folks and doing that. >> zach, i imagine that you have been on thousands of calls here in the city of oakland. what have you seen that you thought to yourself, i'm here for a heart attack, this should have been reported. >> that happens all the time. we see buildings where the sprinklers are broken and exits are blocked. we send those concerns up to the fire marshall's office. they are civilian and do great work. they haven't fought fires. they don't know what we see. we are seeing the lack of female who we know working on the line with them and people who understand the condition that's lead to fatalities. >> did you know about the ghost ship before? >> i didn't personally. i wouldn't know. >> okay. >> can i throw one more thing in here. >> yeah. >> this is astonishing. refrigerators, separate freezers and ice makers were involved in 1710 home structure fires between 2006-2016. that is 342 fires every day.
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two civilians died. 56 were injured. 50million in property damage. noncooking kitchen appliances, not the stoves or anything like that. 2929 home fires. six deaths. 82 injuries. $75million in property damage. that is just from appliances. can you imagine what some of the appliances lack in some of these places. this is a first grade priority to get this in order. >> they are saying it is likely a refrigerator that led to the fire. thank you for joining us this morning. one of the most popular musicians from the bay area is opening up about living in places like the ghost ship. billy joel armstrong is the lead singer of green day. he was at the vigil at lake merritt. he posted a picture on instagram. it read in part surfaces like this allow the strange ones to thrive and be the people that normal society ejects. >> people in the bay area and around the world are reaching out, helping those affected by
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the fire. two fundraisers on the youcaring website has collected more than $800,000. the other was set up by the gray area foundation for the arts. >> it is incredible to see everyone rallying together. we want to help individuals and communities in need much like this. >> unlike some other fund raising sites, youcaring does not take a percentage of that collected but there is a credit card processing fee. you will find information about companies that provide free and low cost services for those affected by the fire on five police officers were ambushed and killed in july in dallas. ten days later, three officers were killed in baton rouge, louisiana. now a california assembly man
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from big bear introduced a bill that would make attacks on law enforcement officials a hate crime. the penalties would be stiffer. according to a police memorial fund, 62 officers have been killed so far this year, compared to 38 killed in the line of duty at this time a year ago. oakland city council members are taking the first steps in tackling an illegal dumping problem on city streets. an investigation showed the severity of the problem. hidden cameras caught people in the act of illegal dumping. some people as young as 8 years old were picking up trash outside of the school. the oakland city council announced it has installed special cameras in some of the dumping hot spots. >> it will be able to identify license plates so we can track down the offenders and hold them liable for big fines. >> the city council approved a plan to lease a truck to help with removal. it expects to buy more trucks in the months ahead. let's go ahead and take
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your responses to the question of the day which has been your reaction to time's selection of president-elect donald trump as its person of the year. checking twitter. one short answer which i love and then the second one is long. chris writes love or hate him, he is the person of the year. he punched our worthless government right in the face. someone disagrees. it is unfortunate that time is rewarding a man that has shown disrespect for so many people. rather than highlight someone who devotes their life to improving lives of others through charity and good deeds. >> donald trump person of the year more like racist criminal of a lifetime. >> lindsey says the man has done a lot. it is appropriate that's for sure. let's hope that he does good by all of this and makes us proud. oc goes on to say a different tweeter, the criteria set by time, sure. but person of the year objectively has a positive connotation which he doesn't
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deserve. all kinds of opinions. you can reach out to us on our question of the day or anything else just hashtag #ktvuthe9. youtube has released the top ten videos of 2016. if you need a laugh, and many of us do, stay with us. we will show what you videos made the cut. and what makes a video go viral? having adele never hurt anyone. that is cheating. >> i like the bottle flip. >> i totally don't get that one. >> you should try it. >> i don't even get it.
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>> convincing your little sister there is a zombie apocalypse. >> you have to hold it up.
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hold the weapon. hold it up. hold it up. hold it up. okay. you got it. >> late night talk shows get a little extreme. >> donald trump is america's back mole. it may have seemed harmless a year ago. >> also random talent. ♪[music] ♪ pineapple pen ♪ >> i watched this in the news room. >> you do like it. >> absolutely. what do these videos have in common? they made the list of top ten youtube videos of the year. >> what makes them so popular? joining us this morning is trend expert nina tyler. if i take out my phone and film my co-anchors, i can put it on youtube but it won't necessarily be compelling. what makes a video viral. >> we get this question time and time again, people wanting to know how to make their videos go viral. while there's no kind of secret sauce or special formula to guarantee that a video goes
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viral, we see that viral videos often have a few characteristics that are in common. they are videos that are entertaining or informative in some way and also videos that you just want to share. you want to send them to your best friend or want to send them to your mom. >> can we talk about my favorite, that pen pineapple pen thing. i never saw it until this morning. it is highly produced. put this video which is very funny up against something that is totally natural, a little bit of production value, with the brother and the sister and the zombie apocalypse. how do you -- how are both of these in your top ten? and how do you see the difference between highly produced videos and ones that are sibling rivalry and jokes? >> well, when we look at pen pineapple apple pen, this video has over 95 million views. what made it so popular is that people saw it and then they made their own kind of rifts on
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it. that caused people to make these videos and then to share them with their friends. and the song actually reached billboard's hot 100. the shortest song to hit the top 100. >> i like the bros flipping bottles. when they flip the bottle, everyone is so excited. bro, oh, my gosh. you have to watch it. they flip bottles and do all of these amazing things. when it happens, they are very excited. is excitement part of what makes other people excited when these guys are excited? >> i think there is a level of -- i think there is a level of that. their reaction is so authentic to who they are. the water bottle flip challenge, that video that you're talking about, it came in at number six on the list. 41million views. it is from a channel called duty perfect. they always take the challenge videos to the next level and make them even more epic than anyone else can. challenge videos really had a
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moment this year. whether it was the running man challenge or the mannequin challenge or the water flip challenge. they were viral in 2016. >> at the top of the list you have adele there in the car. so, i mean, it doesn't seem to be a common thread. i guess you could say the talent thing. if you had to put your finger on one common theme, what would it be? >> i think the common theme when you look at this list is that youtube is a place of diverse creators. and anyone can come on the platform and have a voice and share, you know, their video and have the opportunity to go viral. i think that's the really cool part about youtube. there's opportunity for everyone to upload a video and have it take off. and the adele carpool karaoke, you know, we see the late night shows are very popular on youtube. this is adele on the late, late show with james corden. it has over 135 million views. this is the second year in a row that a carpool karaoke has
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made the rewind list. >> nina tyler of youtube. thank you so much. you did that. that whole -- >> how many takes did it take them to do that. >> it means nothing to me. i don't find it interesting or exciting. it does not resinate at all. you keep trying. >> oh. >> there you go. >> this morning, more than 1100 children are visiting san francisco city hall for an early holiday gift. >> they get the best gift of all, a brand-new work and take a picture with san francisco firefighters and santa himself. >> tara moriarty is there. good morning, tara. what is going on there. >> reporter: good morning. we have like 20,000 toys and this group of fan of triplets. they are obviously santa's helpers. if you look up the gorgeous rotunda at city hall. the president of the union local 798. this is a greatest that you put -- great
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event that you put on. why do you do this. >> san francisco gives us so much and we want to help the kids in need every year at christmas. >> if you look over to the right, this is one of the santas. the preschoolers are coming in. this isn't something that you go out and solicit donations. this is actually coming from your own pocket book. >> absolutely. this is the firefighters giving back to the community as well as people in san francisco giving to the firefighters. so they drop off toys every day at every fire house in san francisco. it is moving. >> you're here as well. this is something that is very close to your heart. right. >> yes. it is very close to my heart because when i was a kid, my grandmother used to take us to pick up our toys every year at station 5 on western street. and it meant so much to me. i mean, it felt like christmas when we would go and pick up those toys. and those are oftentimes the only toys that we received. so it means a lot to me to continue to support this program, to donate to this program. it's not too late.
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this program relies on donations. this is a time for giving. and what a great opportunity to give toys to an amazing program that serves kids. >> if someone is watching and they want to donate toys, what do they do. >> donate an unwrapped toy at any fire house in san francisco or look for one of our red barrels. although the economy is booming, there are still a lot of kids left behind. we want to make sure that no kid goes without a toy during the holiday season. >> thank you both of you. enjoy your time here today. this event is going on from now to noon. so it's super fun as you can tell. look at the line now. this is a huge line. and all these kids are so darling and excited to pick up their toys. i'm tara moriarty. back to you. >> thank you, tara. and a book truly is the best gift of all. we will be right back. >> no, it is not. it is the toys. what are you talking about a book. >> books are good too. >> give me a tonka truck if i'm
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8 years old. >> don't be my son. >> give me a tonka truck.
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>> getting word on breaking news. two law enforcement officers have been shot in georgia. the shooter has not been caught. a police officer and a public safety officer from the university were slot at an apartment complex near campus. the university issued an alert to students on its website saying the shooting happened off campus but the campus
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itself is on lockdown. the shooter is not believed to be a student at the university. as for the two officers injured, one was air lift today the hospital for treatment and one was driven to the hospital. we will have more information on this at noon. stanford's football star christian has revealed he is going pro. within the past hour, the junior tail back tweeted that he decided to enter the nfl draft instead of playing senior year at stanford. widely viewed as one of the greatest college football players in bay area history. he broke the ncaa single season record for all purpose yards previously held by barry sanders. a special honor for a special voice. >> and that is one for the books. >> that's right. holy toledo. bill king will be inducted into the baseball hall of fame for his contributions as a
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broadcaster. he beats out the likes. he called games for the giants, warriors, and the a's. he was known for holy toledo. well deserved. we will stay on top of the major news of the bay area throughout this week of course. that is the fire that happened at the ghost ship art collective and we will get you more information on the two officers shot in georgia. a lot news to cover. thank you for joining us. have a great rest of your morning. we will see you back here at noon. >> i don't think you can do it, sal. >> i don't even care. >> the whole bottle flip.
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